How Uptown Swing Began...


I have been lucky enough to teach Lindy Hop devotees all over the world for many years. So, when the great Frankie Manning, the ambassador of Lindy Hop, passed away in 2009 I decided that I need to do more than just preach to the converted.

I decided that I needed to introduce as many new people to this dance as possible. So I started Uptown Swing in 2010.


About Peter & Naomi

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Peter Strom


Since he started dancing in 1998 Peter has won 1st place titles at both the American & International Lindy Hop Championships and has taught in over 20 countries around the world and all over the United States. In addition to teaching he is a sought after DJ and Master of Ceremonies. He is the founder of Uptown Swing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Naomi Uyama


Naomi Uyama discovered lindy hop in her hometown of Washington DC during the late nineties. Over the past 20 years she has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won the champion title at such prestigious competitions as the ALHC, the ULHS, and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.

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Our Instructors


Dee Daniels Locke


For over a decade Dee has shared her love of dance, expanded her knowledge, become an influential member of the Twin Cities Lindy Hop scene, and she continues to inspire today. She’s won several awards, but mostly she wants to have a good dance...and she wants to dance with you.


Bryan Soto


Bryan was introduced to Lindy Hop while attending graduate school in Georgia. He was immediately captivated with the dance and started traveling all over the world to attend events. A recent transplant to Minnesota, Bryan is excited to be teaching at Uptown Swing. 


Valeria Kochubei


For the past decade, Val has worn many Lindy hats—student, teacher, choreographer, performer, and competitor. Above all else, Valeria looks forward to spreading her knowledge and excitement for Lindy Hop to all those around her.


Maddie Rode


Maddie started dancing in 2011 and lost all sense of purpose in life outside of Lindy Hop. Since then, she's skirted adult responsibilities in the name of Lindy Hop to travel, perform, teach, and compete around the U.S. and locally.


— Thelonius Monk



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